Joan Jeffri

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Founder and Director, Research Center for Arts and Culture
Speaker & Consultant

Joan Jeffri is Director and Founder of the Research Center for Arts and Culture at The Actors Fund. She has created seminal studies on aging professional artists including STILL KICKING and ABOVE GROUND, which initiated nationally replicable projects to document older visual and performing artists’ artwork and careers called ART CART: SAVING THE LEGACY and The Actors Fund PERFORMING ARTS LEGACY PROJECT. She has edited the 12-volume series entitled Information on Artists and Artist-Help: The Artist’s Guide to Work-Related Human and Social Services, as well as the 6-volume Information on Artists II, has authored Changing the Beat: a Study of the Worklife of Jazz Musicians in four U.S. cities commissioned by the National Endowment of the Arts and co-authored Making Changes: Facilitating the Transition of Dancers to Post-Performance Careers with economists William Baumol and David Throsby. Author of several books about the management of arts organizations, including The Emerging Arts: Management, Survival and Growth and ArtsMoney: Raising It, Saving It and Earning It, and Respect for Art: Visual Arts Management and Administration in China and the U.S., she has a particular interest in the care and survival of artists.

For ten years she was an Executive Editor of the Journal of Arts Management and Law and has published articles on a wide variety of arts administration issues in it, as well as in Poetics, the International Journal of Cultural Policy, American Demographics, Arts & Health, and Public among other journals. In 2005 her chapter “Managing Uncertainty: The Visual Arts Market for Contemporary Art in the United States” appeared in Understanding International Art Markets (Routledge, UK) She is the immediate past president of the Association of Arts Administration Educators, a member ArtTable and Actors’ Equity Association. She was made an honorary professor at Shanghai Conservatory of Music for her contributions to arts administration education.

She has served on a national task force for health care and insurance issues for artists for the National Endowment for the Arts, has served as President of the Board of the International Arts-Medicine Association and is on the Advisory Board of the Cultural Policy and National Data Archive at Princeton University.  She has taught and consulted in Brazil, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Hungary, Japan, Portugal, Qatar, Spain, and Russia and was a Senior Research Fulbright Fellow in Australia in 1996 and in Israel in 2007. She was the Academic Director of the Arts Leadership Institute, a collaboration between the Research Center for Arts and Culture and  the Arts & Business Council, now part of Americans for the Arts. A former poet and professional actress (Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming, The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, Lincoln Center Repertory Company), Ms. Jeffri works closely with artists, arts service organizations, arts unions, and arts researchers. She holds a B.F.A. cum laude from Boston University in theatre, and has done graduate coursework at Columbia University and Brooklyn College, as well as professional studies at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in the UK, and the Herbert Berghof Studio with Uta Hagen.  

Studies of Artists
Making Changes: Facilitating the Transition of Dancers to Post Performance Careers with William Baumol and David Throsby (2004)
Changing the Beat: A Study of the Worklife of Jazz Musicians, National Endowment for the Arts (2002)
“Artists Who Work With Their Hands” in Artists in the Workforce 1970-1990, National Endowment for the Arts, (1995)
Information on Artists I (1988-10 cities), II (1997-4 cities), III (2004-Bay Area)
Artists Training and Career Project
 The Actor Speaks, The Craftsperson Speaks, The Painter Speaks (Greenwood Press) – oral history/personal narratives (1992-1994)
 Artists Training and Career Project: Actors, ATC: Painters, ATC: Craftspeople (data reports) (1991-1995)
Artisthelp: The Artist’s Guide to Work-Related Human and Social Services, Neal- Schuman, (1989)

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